FULL NAME:

Ralston A. Shepherd

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER (ASN):

33212666

  • DATE OF BIRTH: May 17, 1921
  • DATE OF DEATH: July 12, 1997
RESIDENCE (DURING WWII)

Roanoke, Roanoke County, Virginia

DATE / PLACE OF ENLISTMENT
  • DATE OF ENLISTMENT:
    Sept 29, 1942
  • PLACE OF ENLISTMENT:
    Camp Lee, Virginia
ORGANIZATION
  • MAIN UNIT:
    23rd Infantry Regiment
  • SUBUNIT:
    Company C, 1st Battalion
RANK / POSITION IN UNIT (LAST KNOWN)
  • RANK:
    Private First Class (Pfc.)
  • POSITION IN UNIT:
    Automatic Rifleman
BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS

✭ Normandy Campaign (6 June – 24 July 1944)

DECORATIONS AND CITATIONS (AWARDS)

🎖Silver Star Medal

SUMMARY OF HIS SERVICE

"In the fight for St. Georges d'Elle, Pfc Ralston A. Shepherd, 23rd Inf., saved three companies from mass slaughter. Cornered in an area 30 by 100 yards, with hedgerows skirting both sides, the companies lay in direct line Of fire from a flak gun. Shepherd placed his BAR over a gate post and fired more than 1000 rounds, dispersing the Nazis gun crew before it had the opportunity to go into action. The companies took advantage of the precious time, reorganized and fought their way out of the trap. For his action, Shepherd was awarded the Silver Star," Booklet From D+1 to 105 - The Story of the 2nd Infantry Division, pg. 8.

STATUS
  • CATEGORY:
    Wounded In Action (WIA)
  • DATE:
    June 19, 1944
  • LOCATION:
    Near Saint-Georges-d'Elle, Normandy, France
  • NOTES:
    First Location: Cranium, Face and Neck (excl. vertebral): Maxilla, superior, generally Second Location: Shoulder Third Diagnosis: Peripheral nerves, disease of, other and unspecified; CausativeAgent: Artillery Shell, Fragments, Afoot or unspecified
HONORED BY:

Shepherd Family

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File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946. - Record Group 64 (info)

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